Mark Dunn's BELLES Plays At The Lion Theater 3/19-3/12

Heiress Productions presents BELLES by Mark Dunn from March 19 - April 12 at the Lion Theatre, Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street, NYC). Tickets are $21.25 and are available at or by phone at 212-279-4200.

BELLES: a play in two acts and forty-five phone calls
The Walker sisters, born and raised in Memphis, now live in six different US cities and communicate solely by phone. The eldest, Peggy, who remained with Mama in Tennessee, calls her siblings when their mother is hospitalized - nothing serious, she just ate some bad tuna - but the phone calls lead to often comedic and sometimes brutal confrontations about the past and the present.

BELLES is directed by Marisa Viola. Scenic design is by Jonathan W. Collins, costume design is by Emily DeAngelis, lighting design is by Jessica Greenberg and sound design is by Chris Rummel.

The Walker sisters are played by Laura Faith as Paige, Ashton Heyl as Aneece, Rebecca Lovett as Peggy, Kristi McCarson as Roseanne, Christina Shipp as Sherry, and Kelly Strandemo as Audrey.

Heiress Productions is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising cancer awareness and funds through entertaining and inspirational professional theatre productions. The company produced Lunch Hour by Jean Kerr in May 2007, James Sherman's farce Affluenza! in March 2008 and Three Movements by Martin Zimmerman in October 2008.

Mark Dunn (Playwright) is an American author and playwright. Among the twenty-five plays Dunn has written, Belles and Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain have together received more than 150 productions throughout the world. Dunn is currently playwright-in-residence with the New Jersey Repertory Company and the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He has also written three novels, Ella Minnow Pea (2001), Welcome to Higby (2002), and Ibid: A Life (2004). His new novel, The Calamitous Adventures of Rodney and Wayne, Cosmic Repairboys: The Age Altertron, will be published in April 2009. Dunn lives with his wife Mary in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Marisa Viola (Director) has directed plays by Gary Winter, AM Scott, Jonathan Wallace, Jon Kern and Jacob Burstein-Stern. She conceived and produced the series Garden Variety, for which she commissioned plays by Caridad Svich, Lucas Hnath, Edith Freni, Gary Winter, Joy Tomasko, and many more. As an actress, she has performed at HERE, Intar, Theatre Row, HB Playwright's Foundation, among others.

Proceeds from BELLES will benefit Joe's House, a nonprofit organization providing a nation-wide online service that helps cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.

BELLES will be performed from March 19 - April 12 at the Lion Theatre, Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street, NYC) with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm; and Mondays at 7pm. Tickets are $21.25 and are available at or by phone at 212-279-4200.

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